The Counseling Psychologist - The Counseling Psychologist

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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon The Counseling Psychologist DOI: 10.1177/0011000003031003001 2003; 31; 253 The Counseling Psychologist Elizabeth M. Vera and Suzette L. Speight Multicultural Competence, Social Justice, and Counseling Psychology: Expanding Our Roles The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: On behalf of: Division of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association can be found at: The Counseling Psychologist Additional services and information for Email Alerts: Subscriptions: Reprints: Permissions: SAGE Journals Online and HighWire Press platforms): (this article cites 23 articles hosted on the Citations © 2003 Division 17 of Counseling Psychologist Association. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. at UNIV OF FLORIDA Smathers Libraries on January 22, 2008 Downloaded from
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10.1177/0011000002250634 ARTICLE THE COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST / May 2003 Vera, Speight / MULTICULTURAL COMPETENCE SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM Multicultural Competence, Social Justice, and Counseling Psychology: Expanding Our Roles Elizabeth M. Vera Suzette L. Speight Loyola University Chicago The construct of multicultural competence has gained much currency in the counseling psychology literature. This article provides a critique of the multicultural counseling competencies and argues that counseling psychology’s operationalization of multicul- tural competence must be grounded in a commitment to social justice. Such a commit- ment necessitates an expansion of our professional activities beyond counseling and psy- chotherapy. While counseling is one way to provide services to clients from oppressed groups, it is limited in its ability to foster social change. Engaging in advocacy, preven- tion, and outreach is critical to social justice efforts, as is grounding teaching and research in collaborative and social action processes. During the past decade, multicultural scholarship has become increas- ingly integrated into the literature that defines counseling psychology. This is a positive sign for the field and is in large part due to the sustained efforts of multicultural proponents who advocated to bring diversity issues into the forefront of counseling psychology. It is a sure sign of progress that we are no longer reading articles that argue whether diversity is important but instead have a developing body of literature that allows for scholarly debate regard- ing how to integrate multiculturalism into our research, practice, and training. One topic that has recently received a great deal of empirical and theoreti-
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